Rathdrum, Idaho

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Rathdrum, Idaho
City
Location of Rathdrum in Kootenai County, Idaho.
Location of Rathdrum in Kootenai County, Idaho.
Rathdrum, Idaho is located in the US
Rathdrum, Idaho
Rathdrum, Idaho
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 47°48′30″N 116°53′33″W / 47.80833°N 116.89250°W / 47.80833; -116.89250Coordinates: 47°48′30″N 116°53′33″W / 47.80833°N 116.89250°W / 47.80833; -116.89250
Country United States
State Idaho
County Kootenai
Government
 • Mayor Vic Holmes
Area[1]
 • Total 5.23 sq mi (13.56 km2)
 • Land 5.23 sq mi (13.56 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation 2,211 ft (674 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 6,826
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 7,921
 • Density 1,513.37/sq mi (584.33/km2)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 83858
Area code(s) 208 Exchange: 687
FIPS code 16-66340
GNIS feature ID 0398027
Website www.rathdrum.org

Rathdrum is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. The population was 6,826 at the 2010 census, up from 4816 in 2000.[4][5] It is part of the Coeur d'Alene Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes the entire county. It is named after Rathdrum in Ireland.

Geography[edit]

Rathdrum is located on the Rathdrum Prairie at 47°48′30″N 116°53′33″W / 47.80833°N 116.89250°W / 47.80833; -116.89250 (47.808457, -116.892415), at an elevation of 2,211 feet (674 m) above sea level.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.95 square miles (12.82 km2), all land.[6]

Rathdrum is situated at the base of Rathdrum Mountain, which is part of the Selkirk Mountain Range.

History[edit]

In the 1800s the town was initially called Westwood in honor of one of the founders of the town, a Pony Express rider and rancher, Charles Wesley Wood, also known as "Wes." But in 1881 the postmaster in the town was informed by the federal government that the town would need to change its name since it was already taken by another town in the territory. A local businessman, Michael M. Cowley, recommended the name "Rathdrum" from County Wicklow in Ireland, his place of birth.[7]

Demographics[edit]

The intermediate grade wing of Rathdrum's elementary school, John Brown
Historical population
Census Pop.
1890218
190040786.7%
191072578.1%
1920509−29.8%
1930496−2.6%
19405113.0%
195061019.4%
196071016.4%
19707414.4%
19801,36984.8%
19902,00046.1%
20004,816140.8%
20106,82641.7%
Est. 20167,921[3]16.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 6,826 people, 2,427 households, and 1,852 families residing in the city. The population density was 1380.38 people per square mile (490.83/km²). There were 2,561 housing units at an average density of 517.90 per square mile (199.97/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.2% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population.

There were 2,427 households of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city, the population was spread out with 16.7% under the age of 20, 57.4% from 20 to 64, and 8.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.3 years. Females represented the majority of the population at 51.6%, with males in the minority at 48.4%.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ Spokesman-Review - 2010 census - Rathdrum, Idaho - accessed 2011-12-13
  5. ^ "Quickfacts: Rathdrum, Idaho". United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2010. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  7. ^ How an Irish pioneer named the town of Rathdrum, Idaho after his village Irish Central, 6 Feb 2015
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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